"Barbershop." Abidjan, Ivory Coast. 2001.
I began photographing life at night in African cities and towns eight years ago. Originally, I stepped into the streets at with my camera because I was intrigued by the buzz in communities after sunset. I was drawn to the way the patchy and bare streetlights brushed and defined the people and their activity. As a photojournalist, I am often assigned to report on the tragic or the exotic stories that dominate the news from Africa. In African Nights, however, I explore more universal themes like work, family, and community. My intention is to make images that are spontaneous. I walk the streets with a single camera and a fixed lens. I do not use a tripod or flash. Because of the low shutter speeds and differences in light sources, I often cannot predict what I will achieve. It is this mixture of brief encounters and unpredictability that continues to inspire this work.
This project is a traveling exhibition with 18 framed photographs, 20" X 24" in two crates.